Saturday, August 14, 2010, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
TORONTO, Aug. 14 /CNW/ - The Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention
Strategy, or TAVIS for short, is a Ministry of Community Safety and
Correctional Services provincially funded initiative dedicated to
creating and maintaining sustainable, safe neighbourhoods. TAVIS
initiatives are operating in all of the 17 TPS Divisions and are
supported by every unit in the Service.
On Saturday, August 14, 2010, at 11:00 a.m., TAVIS will partner with
Toronto Hydro-Electric System (Toronto Hydro), Toronto Community Housing
and residents of the Mount Olive Drive and Kipling Avenue neighbourhood
for a community clean-up and a safety initiative called "Light the
Night." The group will be cutting and trimming overgrown lawns, shrubs
and trees, picking up litter and removing graffiti.
The community clean-up and Light the Night initiative focuses on Toronto
neighbourhoods identified by TAVIS as experiencing challenges in
relation to violence. Toronto Hydro is providing free energy-efficient
compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) for the community members' front
and rear porches.
Residents are encouraged to turn on their new porchlights at night to
dissuade crime and help make their home and neighbourhood safer. A CFL
turned on between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. will cost less than one penny in
electricity. That's because CFLs use 75 per cent less energy than an
incandescent bulb and the lowest Time-of-Use (TOU) electricity price
period is from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
What: Community clean up/BBQ and "Light the Night" safety initiative
When: Saturday, August 14, 2010, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Community BBQ taking
place at noon Where: Rear of 3 Mount Olive Drive
About the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS):
2010 Neighbourhood TAVIS Initiative (NTI) started Monday, May 24, 2010.
As part of this initiative, 90 additional police officers and six
support staff are assigned to three different neighbourhoods to conduct
patrols and work together with the community to create sustainable, safe
The TAVIS officers are focusing their efforts in the Albion-Finch (23
Division), Jane-Finch (31 Division) and the Scarborough Village
(Markham-Eglinton: 43 Division) neighbourhoods. These neighbourhoods
were chosen using crime-trend analysis, hotspot-occurrence mapping and
community consultation. The neighbourhoods were identified because they
are experiencing a disproportionate level of criminal activity for their
This summer, the TAVIS officers will be walking and cycling throughout
to intervene and prevent violence
introducing themselves to neighbourhood residents and business owners
participating in local activities and events
expanding current relationships and partnerships and creating new ones
providing the community with information about the TAVIS concept of
working with citizens, the community, and the City of Toronto to
mobilize the community with the goal of creating a safer neighbourhood
About Toronto Hydro Corporation:
Toronto Hydro Corporation is a holding company, which wholly-owns two
Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited - which distributes electricity
and engages in Conservation and Demand Management ("CDM") activities;
Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc. - which provides street lighting
The principal business of the Corporation and its subsidiaries is the
distribution of electricity by Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited.
Toronto Hydro-Electric System owns and operates an electricity
distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately 696,000
customers located in the City of Toronto. It is the largest municipal
electricity distribution company in Canada and distributes approximately
18% of the electricity consumed in Ontario.
About Toronto Community Housing:
Toronto Community Housing is Canada's largest social housing provider
and home to more than 164,000 tenants, about 6% of the city's
population, with low and moderate incomes. Toronto Community Housing
employs 1,400 staff in a broad range of jobs who deliver its mandate to
provide quality housing and build great neighbourhoods. Toronto
Community Housing is one of Canada's 2010 Top 100 Employers.
SOURCE Toronto Hydro Corporation
For further information: For further information:
Sergeant Jeff Pearson at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 416-315-4634
Gillian Earle: Toronto Hydro, at email@example.com, or 416-903-3529
Tanya Bruckmueller: Toronto Hydro, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 416-903-0440
Kyle Rooks: Toronto Community Housing, at email@example.com, or at 416-981-4347